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84.016 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Programs

AUTHORIZATION:

Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Section 604.
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The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program issues awards to institutions of higher education and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations. The purpose of the awards is to: (1) Assist institutions of higher education to plan, develop, and carry out a program to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages; and (2) assist associations and organizations to develop projects that will make an especially significant contribution to strengthening and improving undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Each program assisted with federal funds must primarily enhance the international academic program of the institution. Eligible activities may include but are not limited to: development of a global or international studies program that is interdisciplinary in design; development of a program that focuses on issues or topics, such as international business or international health; development of an area studies program and its corresponding foreign languages; creation of innovative curricula that combine the teaching of international studies with professional and preprofessional studies, such as engineering; research for and development of specialized teaching materials, including language instruction, i.e., business French; establishment of internship opportunities for faculty and students in domestic and overseas settings; and development of study abroad programs. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate, which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 377-3838.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Accredited colleges and universities, and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Accredited colleges and universities, and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations.

Credentials/Documentation:   No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. When funds are available for the support of new programs, announcements are issued in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for submission of proposals are available from the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.

Award Procedure:   Final recommendations are made to the Secretary of Education following advice from a panel of consultants in accordance with the published criteria.

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

From 120 to 180 days. About 150 days.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Institutions of higher education and associations and organizations currently receiving funds for two or three year phased program support must submit performance reports for continuation funding according to instructions established by the Department. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The non-Federal share of the cost of the programs assisted may be provided in cash from the private sector corporations or foundations in an amount equal to one-third of the total cost of the programs or may be provided as an in-cash or in-kind contribution from institutional and noninstitutional funds, including State and private sector corporation or foundation contributions, equal to one-half of the total cost of the programs assisted herein. The Secretary may waive or reduce the matching requirement for institutions that are eligible to receive assistance under part A or B of Title III or under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Grants are awarded for 12-month periods, subject to renewals of one or two years. Payments are made as stipulated in the grant. Renewals are subjects to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The information is included in the grant award documents.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   All programs must provide final reports upon completion of the program. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. All fiscal records will be subject to audit any time within 3 years after expiration of the grant.

Records:   All records supporting claims under a grant or relating to the accountability for awarded funds must be available upon request: (1) For 3 years after close of the fiscal year in which contract was liquidated; or (2) until the grantee is notified of completion of Federal financial audit, whichever is later.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-0201-0-1-502.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $4,295,914; FY 09 est $4,605,000; FY 10 est $4,605,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

No Data Available.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Twenty-five new awards and 27 continuation grants are expected to be awarded in FY 2010. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

34 CFR 655 and 658, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Tanyelle Richardson, International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: tanyelle.richardson@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-6391

Web Site Address:   http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsugisf/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

In addition to evaluation on the basis of criteria found in the Education Division General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, and 78 the Secretary will further evaluate applications for Federal support for international studies programs in accordance with the criteria published in 34 CFR 655, 658, and 45 CFR 86872.

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